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Miraflores hopes to see more Boracay tourists as saliva test OK’d as entry requirement

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Boracay-bound tourists are now allowed to undergo saliva coronavirus disease (Covid-19) test as a travel requirement.

Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores confirmed that the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) has approved the use of saliva testing.

“We will issue the necessary executive order and advisories to airlines bound for Caticlan,” said Miraflores. (https://bit.ly/2NulRlU)

The saliva test, however, should only be administered by the Philippine Red Cross and testing laboratories accredited by the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health.

At P2,000, the saliva test, which only has three to four hours turnaround time, is much cheaper than the RT-PCR swab test.

Miraflores said is hopeful that with this latest development, foreign tourists from South Korea and China will soon be allowed to visit the renowned tourist destination.

“We are hoping that foreign tourists will come back within the year…. We are working with the (Department of Tourism) to have a travel bubble with South Korea and China subject to the travel protocols of all parties,” he added.